More than 200 delegates have attended Huawei’s UK Partner Summit in London. The summit saw Huawei update its network of suppliers and partners on the latest on the company’s business performance, corporate strategy and plans for the UK, one of its most important markets.
Now in its seventh year, the theme for this year’s partner summit, was ‘Let’s Grow Together’. Huawei took the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to the UK, outline its strategy across its various partnership programmes and also discuss its insights into opportunities in the UK.
Those attending the summit, at One Great George Street in central London, included suppliers, eco system partners, key customers, analysts and members of the media.
Dr. Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei Board, spoke at the Huawei UK Partner Summit 2019, offering his insights into ICT trends and opportunities.
In his remarks, Liang Hua noted that digitalization is entering a new phase of growth. To make the benefits of digital, connectivity, and intelligence accessible to everyone, “Huawei plays an important role in providing ICT infrastructure and smart devices,” he said.
Liang Hua also noted the UK government’s pledge to make the UK a world leader in 5G, and provide reliable, high-speed connectivity to towns, cities and rural areas, and national coverage of full-fiber networks.
Adding that “there is a lot Huawei can contribute to this”, Liang Hua said, “We are in a leading position for 5G. We participated in the UK government’s 5G trials and are ready to support our customers’ commercial 5G launches in the UK. We are supporting the national rollout of Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTP) technology in the country. We also have competitive and innovative solutions for connecting hard-to-reach areas.”
Huawei announces new UK training centre
Huawei also announced plans today to open a new training centre. The new centre, which will be located in Birmingham, aims to develop and train engineers on the use of 5G technology and solutions.
Huawei signed MoUs with four of the company’s key engineering partners in the UK to support the skills development of their employees. The centre will have the capacity to train more than 500 engineers a year and is due to open in June.
Jerry Wang, CEO, Huawei UK said: “The partner summit is a great opportunity for us to say thank you to our valued UK supply chain. We are grateful for the many resilient and fruitful relationships that we have forged with our suppliers and partners over the last 18 years in the UK. Their expertise, knowledge and quality of service, have greatly aided Huawei in delivering to our customers here. We look forward to continuing to grow and develop our key existing relationships, whilst also fostering fresh opportunities in the future.”
Robin Conway, Managing Director of ARCC, said: “We have been working with Huawei in the UK since 2015 and are extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve together in that time. As Huawei continues to grow in the UK we are excited to play a key role in helping them achieve their goals.”
During the event, Pete Collings from Oxford Economics unveiled Huawei’s ‘2019 The Economic Impact of Huawei in the UK’ report. Commissioned by Huawei and carried out by Oxford Economics, the report highlighted Huawei’s significant contribution to the UK economy; by way of its investment, procurement supporting of jobs and its contribution to the UK Exchequer.